I was so reliant on Trip advisor in planning my first European vacation that I promised myself to return the favor with candid, detailed reviews and lots of pictures. Lincoln House Hotel was the first stop.
Everything looks fine at first glance. The area is a quiet upper middle class neighborhood with the traditional London row houses that are well maintained. When buzzed into The Lincoln House you enter on the ground floor. The décor is pleasant, with traditional wooden staircases and chairs and dark red carpeting to establish a look from the Victorian era. The reception is downstairs on the basement level (by American standards) which is also where the breakfast room is. This was disappointing because I specifically told the person I made the reservation with that I’d be traveling with my mother who could not take climbing steps. Although her room was on the ground floor, as requested, she would have to go down about 25 steps to have breakfast every morning (there was room service but only for a continental breakfast). By the way, The English breakfast the hotel provides is a saving grace, as you’ll understand in a minute. It’s nice to start the morning with something more than just pastries and cheese which most places offer. We had our choice of eggs (cooked how you want), grilled veggies, cheeses, and sausage or bacon with juices, coffee, and tea as you choose.
Now let’s get to the rooms. Since I was traveling with my mother I needed a room with separate beds. None were available when I booked so we got 2 separate, single occupancy, “twin” rooms; hers on the ground floor, mine on the 2nd. Since there was no lift I had to lug all my luggage (three pieces) up 3 flights of stairs (the 2nd would be considered the 3rd floor in the US), but I’m young and strong so I didn’t mind. Now, when they say "twin room" they aren't kidding. Literally the room couldn't fit much more than the bed itself. Small even by European standards. Ridiculous. Both rooms were en-suite but please don’t expect a “bathroom”. Creative thinking turned a small coat closet into a toilet and shower area. Insane!!! Not at all appealing. Please check out the pictures. Let me try to explain how small it was/is. You know how you sit on a toilet? Well when you sit on the toilet your feet are in the shower stall. Take a shower in the stall and the toilet seat is getting wet. Get me? Yes there is a shower curtain but what does that matter when the space is so small. Not ever seen that before. Hope I don't ever again. The décor? Old and dingy are the words that come to mind. Bedspread and curtains look like it came from the 70's and the furniture looked like donations from the Salvation Army. The mattress seemed like the quality of an old pull out couch mattress, but when it was time to sleep I was too tired to care and slept soundly. My luggage had to be stacked on top of each other in order to have space to move around. The one window in the room overlooked the back of other people's apartments. At least I had a window; mum had nothing. She had to be satisfied with an old fashioned skylight. The carpet… well you get my drift. To the hotel’s credit the place was always clean and tidy. I didn’t ever question that.
So to sum up. Location is strong (walking distance to Oxford Street where many department stores are for shopping, and a short taxi ride to the West End). Breakfast is appealing. The rest… The price is cheap and so are the accommodations. But, hey… you’re safe and it’s somewhere clean to lay your head, if that’s all that matters to you. If I were traveling alone maybe it wouldn’t have minded much. Come to think of it, I would have swallowed it but I wouldn’t have been happy. Hope I’ve been helpful.
P.S. Word of warning. It was my first time traveling on EasyJet, bmibaby, Ryan air, and the like (airlines that cater to Europe alone). Please know that you are charged between 5 and 8 pounds or euros for every kilo over 20kilos. I didn’t know this (easyjet said nothing about that on the website) and came from the US with 3 pieces of luggage (which was no problem on international flights). Got cheap flights but paid up to 400euro for “excess weight”. Ouch!!!!! Booked 3 separate flights like that. One flight only lasted an hour. I could have cried.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Lincoln House Hotel is a delightfully hospitable B&B Georgian townhouse hotel, situated in Central London, close to London's diverse scenes and activities, next to Marble Arch metro station and the famous Oxford Street shopping area, one minute walk from Airbus stop to London's airports. We offer a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere: en-suite rooms, full English, Vegetarian & Vegan breakfasts and free wireless internet connection throughout the hotel. CLOSED FOR RENOVATION ... more less
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